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All This and Heaven, Too (Featuring Gene Bertoncini & George Mraz)

Chuck Redd

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Album Review

When one learns that vibraphonist Chuck Redd got his start as a drummer in the Charlie Byrd Trio, it's easy to understand where he began developing his taste. All This and Heaven Too, his second album as a leader, even resembles a particular Byrd album that he played on in 1998, Au Courant. Like that album, Redd has combined vibraphones with guitar and bass for an intimate but spunky sound. Four of the tracks are filled out a bit by Ken Peplowski on either tenor sax or clarinet. The album gets a bouncy start with "How About You?" before delving into the quieter "More Than You Know." Redd's solos are filled with melody and lovingly realized, while Gene Bertoncini, switching between the electric and acoustic guitar, injects his leads with rhythm and soul. George Mraz's bass holds it all together, offering a steady underpinning to the trio. While song choices like Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" reveal the band's interest in traditional forms, the group also tackles Charlie Parker's "Barbados." It only made sense that once classic forms of jazz became established in the '80s and '90s, instruments assigned to the dustbin — clarinets, acoustic guitars, and vibraphones — would make a comeback. Chuck Redd and friends, however, accomplish much more than a rehashing of yesteryear on All This and Heaven Too. While fans of older jazz styles will enjoy the album, anyone interested in superbly executed music should give it a listen. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd began performing in 1980 and did so internationally for the following two decades with numerous jazz talents before recording his first album as a leader in 1999. A drummer as well as a vibraphonist, Reed began his professional career in 1980 at age 21 when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio. During the successive years he performed alongside numerous other talents, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, and Ray Brown. His stint with Torme from 1991 to 1996 set...
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